Nov. 12, 2011
DeKALB - The Northern Illinois cross country team hosted the 2011 NCAA Midwest Regional Saturday at the NIU North 40, as they welcomed some of the top programs in the nation to DeKalb.
The Huskies would finish in 28th place in the team standings to wrap up their 2011 season.
"I thought everybody did a terrific job in the direction the meet went," said Huskie head coach Greg Hipp. "As a team, certainly that's a pretty disappointing finish. We came in and we were going to take our lumps. We are what we are right now."
Courtney Oldenburg paced the NIU runners on the course, crossing the finish line in a time of 23:21.16 and in 121st place. Further behind the junior was freshman Jamie Burr, who posted a season-best second place showing among Huskie runners with a time of 24:25.02 to take 164th overall.
Claire McAuley wound up 170th in the field with a time of 24:56.39. Fellow sophomores Katie Janssen and Alexis Capps finished the 6K race with times of 25:23.98 (174th overall) and 25:45.79 (178th) to close out the scoring for NIU.
Senior Jessica Troike closed out her collegiate cross country career with a time of 27:36.50 to finish 189th in the field.
Iowa State was the winning women's team with 64 points, while Oklahoma State finished second to take the second women's automatic bid for the NCAA National Championships. In the men's race, OSU won with 42 points, while Oklahoma took second with 45 points. Individually, Hassan Mead of Minnesota won the men's 10K and Wichita State's Aliphine Tuliamuk won the women's race.